California’s school finance system allocates extra funding for English learners, students who are low-income or homeless and children in foster care. Collectively, these students are often referred to “high needs students.” Though many students fall into more than one category, each of these groups faces unique challenges. In the stories below, EdSource shines a light on these challenges as well as strategies to address them. See also: Foster youth, Homeless youth, English learners, and Low-income Students.
As coronavirus cases spike across California more school districts are making the decision to educate students online next school year.
Professional development for teachers is key to closing opportunity gaps.
In California, leaders of 37% of outdoor education programs said they will remain closed due to lack of financing after the coronavirus pandemic.
California’s smallest school districts struggle to pay for supplies, staff and technology needed to reopen schools.
As food needs for California's community college students have increased, their campus food pantries face stagnant budgets.
LA City College helped student realize dream of getting a degree.
About 56,700 laptops and 94,000 hotspots have been sent to districts across the state so far.
Full funding, teacher recruitment and early childhood programs are included in a wide-ranging disability platform.
California lawmakers introduced distance learning provisions around instructional time, attendance and connecting with parents.
Under the agreement, teachers and some – but not all – of other school employees would be protected from layoffs for the year.
Homelessness, lack of technology and shuttered courts extend barriers for foster youth.
Cerritos College opens state’s first exclusive housing for homeless community college students.
Oakland Unified leaders signal support for eliminating district police, West Contra Costa Unified terminates contracts with city police.
To learn English, children need a lot of practice speaking aloud and interacting with others, which was difficult when school campuses closed.
While some families are doing science projects at home, teachers say a lack of supplies makes it difficult to assign hands-on experiments.